Netflix Picks Up Two Seasons of British Series ‘Peaky Blinders’ Starring Tom Hardy & Cilian Murphy

By September 25, 2014
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While Netflix has mostly been concerned with creating their own original programming lately, they haven’t been beyond picking up some established series for distribution. They just imported “Trailer Park Boys” from Canada for a new season, and now they’re reaching across the pond for their latest addition.

Netflix, The Weinstein Company, and Endemol announced that the British gangster series “Peaky Blinders” had been picked up to stream exclusively on Netflix in the United States. Both of the first two seasons have been picked up with the first six episodes of season one available starting after 12:01am PT on September 30th and the second season available sometime in November.

If you haven’t heard of “Peaky Blinders” yet, you’re in for a treat, because the British series has been a big hit in the United Kingdom, and features a damn fine cast that includes Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Annabelle Wallis, Paul Anderson, Iddo Goldberg, and Charlie Creed-Miles in the first season and adds Tom Hardy, Noah Taylor and Charlotte Riley in season two. That’s two Dark Knight trilogy villains in there! Here’s the teaser for the show’s arrival on Netflix:

In case you don’t get the gist of the show after that, here’s the official synopsis:

‘Peaky Blinders’ takes place in 1919 Birmingham, England, and follows the Shelby family, who lead the title group — a feared gang named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps. Until now they have made money from illegal bookmaking, protection and the black market, but when a crate of guns from the local arms factory falls into his possession, Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) recognizes an opportunity to move up in the world. As rival gangs, communist revolutionaries and IRA Fenians descend on the city in pursuit of the weapons, Winston Churchill dispatches a ruthless police chief (Sam Neill) from Belfast to impose order on an increasingly lawless city and recover the guns.

Could we be seeing more imports like this from Netflix instead of just seeing shows from the United Kingdom adapted for American television? That would be a nice change of pace since sometimes the Brits know how to be conservative about how long their shows stick around before overstaying their welcome. Anyway, if you’re interested in how the show was teased overseas, here’s BBC Two’s teaser for the first season:

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.